An 11.8-foot-wide opening creates a fluid connection to the side yard.
An 11.8-foot-wide opening creates a fluid connection to the side yard.
Integrated appliances avoid clutter in the petite galley layout.
Integrated appliances avoid clutter in the petite galley layout.
For Gabriel Ramirez and his partner Sarah Mason Williams, following the Sea Ranch rules—local covenants guide new designs—didn’t mean slipping into Sea Ranch clichés. The architects love Cor-Ten steel, with its ruddy and almost organic surface, and they made it the main exterior material, along with board-formed concrete and ipe wood. The Cor-Ten, which quickly turned an autumnal rust in the sea air, and the concrete, with its grain and crannies, mean the house isn’t a pristine box, Ramirez says. His Neutra house “was very crisp and clean,” he says. “This house is more distressed, more wabi-sabi.”
For Gabriel Ramirez and his partner Sarah Mason Williams, following the Sea Ranch rules—local covenants guide new designs—didn’t mean slipping into Sea Ranch clichés. The architects love Cor-Ten steel, with its ruddy and almost organic surface, and they made it the main exterior material, along with board-formed concrete and ipe wood. The Cor-Ten, which quickly turned an autumnal rust in the sea air, and the concrete, with its grain and crannies, mean the house isn’t a pristine box, Ramirez says. His Neutra house “was very crisp and clean,” he says. “This house is more distressed, more wabi-sabi.”
Ramirez Residence Floor Plan

A Terrace

B Living-Dining-Kitchen Area

C Wine Cellar

D Half Bathroom

E Guest Bedroom-Office

F Garage

G Guest Bathroom

H Guest Loft

I Master Bathroom

J Master Bedroom
Ramirez Residence Floor Plan A Terrace B Living-Dining-Kitchen Area C Wine Cellar D Half Bathroom E Guest Bedroom-Office F Garage G Guest Bathroom H Guest Loft I Master Bathroom J Master Bedroom
Norman Millar and Judith Sheine designed the built-ins in the living-dining area, which were made from vertical-grain Douglas fir. Vintage Dutch industrial chairs are arranged around a black walnut dining table that, like the madrone coffee table, is by Urban Hardwoods.
Norman Millar and Judith Sheine designed the built-ins in the living-dining area, which were made from vertical-grain Douglas fir. Vintage Dutch industrial chairs are arranged around a black walnut dining table that, like the madrone coffee table, is by Urban Hardwoods.
“We talked about creating a sense of mystery when [guests] walked in from the street,” says Christopher. A gate swings open on a steel bar-stock frame to reveal a courtyard and the dining room beyond.
“We talked about creating a sense of mystery when [guests] walked in from the street,” says Christopher. A gate swings open on a steel bar-stock frame to reveal a courtyard and the dining room beyond.
The low windows in the master bedroom focus the view on the backyard, not the neighbors. Christopher designed the solid poplar platform bed.
The low windows in the master bedroom focus the view on the backyard, not the neighbors. Christopher designed the solid poplar platform bed.
Located off of the kitchen, Vivi’s office disappears behind sliding walls covered in black chalkboard paint from Behr. This is one of the best home office setup ideas if you're short on space or if you're going for a minimalist look.
Located off of the kitchen, Vivi’s office disappears behind sliding walls covered in black chalkboard paint from Behr. This is one of the best home office setup ideas if you're short on space or if you're going for a minimalist look.
The living room features a sofa from Roche Bobois, Metropolitan armchairs by Jeffrey Bernett for B&B Italia, and a Good Morning table in copper and Anytime table in anthracite frosted glass from Ligne Roset. The rug is by Tissage.
The living room features a sofa from Roche Bobois, Metropolitan armchairs by Jeffrey Bernett for B&B Italia, and a Good Morning table in copper and Anytime table in anthracite frosted glass from Ligne Roset. The rug is by Tissage.
Sliding doors from Western Window Systems connect the living room and the deck, which is made of pressure-treated pine planks surrounding a black gravel pit.
Sliding doors from Western Window Systems connect the living room and the deck, which is made of pressure-treated pine planks surrounding a black gravel pit.
The metal Grillage chair on the deck is by François Azambourg for Ligne Roset.
The metal Grillage chair on the deck is by François Azambourg for Ligne Roset.
The patio of Chameli is decked with teak, and the wall is clad in plywood topped with wood veneer.
The patio of Chameli is decked with teak, and the wall is clad in plywood topped with wood veneer.
Floor Plan of the Container Houses by RSDA
Floor Plan of the Container Houses by RSDA
The cabinetry is fabricated by a local Indian craftsman styled in the manner of modern German and Italian kitchens at a fraction of the cost.
The cabinetry is fabricated by a local Indian craftsman styled in the manner of modern German and Italian kitchens at a fraction of the cost.
Floor Plan of Beaver Creek Cabin by Outside Architecture
Floor Plan of Beaver Creek Cabin by Outside Architecture
Nestled on a secluded corner and set behind a discreet gate, the home offers a remote city escape. The wooden exterior has been treated to ensure it weathers beautifully with time.
Nestled on a secluded corner and set behind a discreet gate, the home offers a remote city escape. The wooden exterior has been treated to ensure it weathers beautifully with time.
Eager to leave Taipei behind for a quieter life in the mountains, a retired Taiwanese couple took the recommendation of their son-in-law and hired Spanish architect Urdaneta Zeberio to realize their vision of an affordable retirement home in rural Nanzhuang, two hours north of Taichung.
Eager to leave Taipei behind for a quieter life in the mountains, a retired Taiwanese couple took the recommendation of their son-in-law and hired Spanish architect Urdaneta Zeberio to realize their vision of an affordable retirement home in rural Nanzhuang, two hours north of Taichung.
Located atop a mountain between two valleys, DH House frames views of Nanchang and the ocean on one side and views of the mountains on the other.
Located atop a mountain between two valleys, DH House frames views of Nanchang and the ocean on one side and views of the mountains on the other.
The exterior material palette, comprised of charred wood and exposed cement, effortlessly merges into the interior spaces, strengthening the home's uniformed design.
The exterior material palette, comprised of charred wood and exposed cement, effortlessly merges into the interior spaces, strengthening the home's uniformed design.
Sunroom with glass door open creating a cohesive indoor / outdoor space.
Sunroom with glass door open creating a cohesive indoor / outdoor space.
Floor Plan of Leschi Inventor’s House by Olson Kundig
Floor Plan of Leschi Inventor’s House by Olson Kundig
The homeowner specified the design of the living room fireplace, which is set within a 30-foot structural steel pipe.
The homeowner specified the design of the living room fireplace, which is set within a 30-foot structural steel pipe.
The second-floor “think tank” includes a workspace and the owner’s library.
The second-floor “think tank” includes a workspace and the owner’s library.
The double-height opening connecting the main living areas also peeks at the "think tank
The double-height opening connecting the main living areas also peeks at the "think tank
Serenity House main-level plan
Serenity House main-level plan
A commodious picnic table makes eating alfresco a beloved family ritual.
A commodious picnic table makes eating alfresco a beloved family ritual.
The tiny cabin currently sits on a friend’s property, but it’s designed to be mobile, should the couple need to move it. “It can be dragged away with nothing more than a tractor,” says Nathalie.
The tiny cabin currently sits on a friend’s property, but it’s designed to be mobile, should the couple need to move it. “It can be dragged away with nothing more than a tractor,” says Nathalie.
Though the Nomad is easy to take along to the beach, park or campsite, it works just as well on the home front.
Though the Nomad is easy to take along to the beach, park or campsite, it works just as well on the home front.
Expansive windows in the kitchen frame views of the nearby forest and meadows.
Expansive windows in the kitchen frame views of the nearby forest and meadows.
The wood-clad cabin is currently situated on the grounds of Wehrmuehle, a venue for contemporary art and culture in Biesenthal, Brandenburg, just one hour north of Berlin.
The wood-clad cabin is currently situated on the grounds of Wehrmuehle, a venue for contemporary art and culture in Biesenthal, Brandenburg, just one hour north of Berlin.

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